Obituaries

Robert ‘Bob’ P. Moore

Robert “Bob” P. Moore, 88, of Homer, Alaska passed away from Alzheimer’s disease on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Majestic View Assisted Living.

At his request, there will be no memorial service. His ashes will be spread in Florida, on the outgoing tide. 

Nelda C Wythe

Nelda C. Wythe passed away March 27, 2014, in Port Townsend, Wash. She was born March 25, 1936, in Terre Haute, Ind., and moved to Homer with her parents and brother in 1945. She graduated from Homer High School in 1954. She attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the University of Washington and Clairmont College in California.  She taught school in Fairbanks and was also a teacher/administrator in Anchorage.

Upon retiring she and companion Doris Sarrio moved to Port Townsend, Wash. 

Anthony W. Hickey

Anthony Wayne Hickey, 50, died March 14, 2014, in Kerrville, Texas. He was born June 4, 1963, in Camp Pendleton, Calif. He was a former Homer resident who worked for Maritime Helicopters.

He is survived by his daughters, Chelsea Hickey and Breanna Gari of Cumberland, Maine; and his parents, Bill and Patty Hickey of Kerrville, Texas.

“To all my family and friends, I’ve traveled the world and now I am traveling the Heavens. Happy trails to you wherever you go, be it land, sea or air, until we meet again,” Hickey said in a final message.

Douglas A. Lien

Dr. Douglas Allen Lien, 63, died March 1, 2014, in Anchorage. “He took his final flight,” his family said.

A celebration of life service was held 1 p.m. March 29, 2014, at Land’s End Resort, Homer.

Dr. Lien was born July 7, 1950, in Bookings. S.D., to Elizabeth and David Lien.

Dr. Lien attended South Dakota University and graduated from New York University College of Dentistry with a degree in doctor of dental surgery. In 1986 he began as a volunteer dentist at the King County Jail in Seattle.

Margaret Guldseth

Margaret Schwab Guldseth, 78, died March 23, 2014, while residing at Glenwood Place Senior Living in Vancouver, Wash. A memorial service is at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27, 2014, at Saint Anne’s Episcopal Church in Washougal, Wash. Arrangements are provided by Brown’s Funeral Home in Camas, Wash.

Margaret was born on Oct. 23, 1935, in Cambridge, Mass., to Sarah Bradley Schwab and Norman von Post Schwab. Margaret graduated from Mount Kisco High school in Mount Kisco, N.Y. She graduated with honors in music from Bryn Mawr College. 

Connie R. Burrer

Longtime Homer resident Connie Rene Burrer, 53, died Sunday, March 2, 2014, at home in Homer from metastatic breast cancer.

Memorial services were held from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 22, 2014, at the American Legion Post 16 in Homer. A Catholic memorial mass will be held Saturday, March 29, 2014, in Forrest Lake, Minn.

Connie was born Oct. 1, 1960, in Minneapolis, Minn. She graduated from Marshell U. High School. 

Connie Burrer

Longtime Alaska resident Mrs. Connie Burrer, 53, died Sunday, March 2, 2014, at her home in Homer with her family by her side. A celebration of life is 3-5 p.m. Saturday, March 22, 2014, at The American Legion Post 16, East End Road. 

A full obituary will run at a later date. Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel & Crematory. 

Mitchell M. ‘Mike’ Stelling

Mitchell Murvin (Mike) Stelling, 53, died March 7, 2014, in Anchorage. He was born Feb. 9, 1961 in Redwood City, Calif. His family said he passed away peacefully.

A memorial service and potluck will take place 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 23, 2014, at Russian Jack Springs Chalet in Anchorage. Guests are invited to visit the Botanical Gardens and aviary near the chalet until 3 p.m.

There will be a service in Valdez this summer to spread his ashes.

Mitchell M. ‘Mike’ Stelling

Mitchell Murvin “Mike” Stelling, 53, died March 7, 2014. He was born Feb. 9, 1961, in Redwood City, Calif. Stelling has family and many friends in Homer. A memorial service and potluck will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 23, 2014, at Russian Jack Springs Chalet in Anchorage. Guests are invited to visit the Botanical Gardens and aviary near the Chalet until 3 p.m. There will be a service in Valdez this summer to spread his ashes. The family requests donations to Bean’s Café or Brother Francis Shelter in lieu of flowers, as Mike would have wished.

John L. Luzadder

John L. Luzadder, 63, died Feb. 9, 2014, with his wife Suzi at his side at their home in Homer. 

“He left this earth for more far reaching endeavors, and new stages, new gigs,” his wife said.

A celebration of life and memorial service was held  Feb. 23, 2014, at the Homer Elks Lodge.

John Lee Luzadder was born Aug. 14, 1950, in Fairmont, W.V., to Mary Martha Luzadder and Raymond Leo Luzadder.

Ronald W. Drathman

Ronald William Drathman, a longtime Homer resident, died on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, of natural causes at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer. A memorial service was held Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at the Homer Elks Lodge. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, you make a charitable donation to Little League of Homer or another project close to your heart.

Emory Franklin “Frank” Arndt

Kasilof resident Emory Franklin “Frank” Arndt, Jr., 56, died Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, at his home.

Memorial services are at 2 p.m. Friday, March 7, 2014, at the Ninilchik Fairgrounds in Ninilchik. Pastor Ron Lambert will officiate. Additional services will be held in Montrose, Colo., at a later date.

Frank was born Feb. 16, 1957, in Alamosa, Colo. He graduated from Montrose High School Class of 1975. He served in the U.S. Army from 1975-80. 

Anne Morgan

Former Homer resident Anne Morgan died Dec. 21, 2013, in Atlanta, Ga., by accident, just a few days before she was to meet her family at Callaway Gardens to exchange Christmas gifts and have a lovely time. Her funeral service was held on Christmas Eve, 2013, at Culley’s Meadowwood Funeral Home on Timberlane Road, Tallahassee. She was 21 years and 5 months old.

Leonard ‘Earl’ Miller

Homer resident, Mr. Leonard “Earl” Miller, 86, passed away Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, at South Peninsula Hospital at Long Term Care in Homer with his daughter Patti and granddaughter Sandra at his side.

Memorial services are at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at South Peninsula Hospital Long Term Care, 4300 Bartlett Street in Homer.

John Luzadder

John Luzadder, 63, died Feb. 9, 2014, at home. A celebration of life and memorial service is at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, at the Homer Elks Lodge, 215. W. Jenny Way. Please bring musical instruments for a jam session. A full obituary will follow.

Gregory Christen

Gregory Christen, 64, died in the early morning of Jan. 25, 2014, at his stepson’s home in Anchorage. Survived by his wife, Sandy Christen; daughter Janna Christen; and stepsons Will and Rory Stark, Greg passed away peacefully in his sleep due to complications with heart failure after a lengthy battle with cancer. In his last few days Greg was surrounded by his wife and children who watched over him and made him as comfortable as possible. 

Peter E. Larson

Peter Ellsworth Larson, 73, of Homer, Alaska died surrounded by his family on Jan. 20, 2014. Born to Pearl and Arnold Larson in Sioux Falls, S.D., Feb. 10, 1940, he grew up and graduated from high school in Mandan, N.D., in 1958. Peter attended college and received a bachelor of science in education from Dickinson State University in 1963 and taught mathematics one year in Mandan High School. Subsequently he served six years in the U.S. Air Force as navigator/electronic warfare officer on the B-52 Stratofortress.

Jo A. Felch

Jo A. Felch, 79, died Jan. 17, 2014, at South Peninsula Hospital. Jo was born in Helena, Mont., on March 5, 1934.

She attended school first in Helena, Mont., and finished in Oakland, Calif.,where she graduated from Freemont High School in 1952.

Jo started her family in Oakland, and when she relocated to Tri-Cities, Wash., she brought three children with her. While in Tri-Cities she gave birth to two more children.

Charles ‘Chuck’ Mohn

Anchor Point resident, Mr. Charles “Chuck” Mohn, 62, died after a long term illness on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, at his home in Anchor Point with his wife by his side.

Memorial services to honor Chuck will be held at a later date.

He was born Oct. 12, 1951, in Onawa, Iowa. He came to Alaska with his parents Harold and Joan Mohn in 1957.

He retired from the state of Alaska, moved to Oregon and then back to Alaska out to Adak, where he and Kathy ran several businesses and he was the mayor of Adak for a short time. 

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